Texas Rare/Collectable Record Shops

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  1. Romero

    Romero Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    cedar park texas
    Hi,

    I live in austin texas, the few shops here are cool, but their collectable record sections are fairly limited. im looking to take a little road trip and open to exploring new cities for new shops, but want it to be worth my time.

    does anyone have experience in texas w shops that have a large selection of rare/collectable records section?
     
  2. Synthfreek

    Synthfreek I’m a ray of sunshine & bastion of positivity

    I'm assuming you've visited End Of An Ear in Austin.
     
  3. Romero

    Romero Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    cedar park texas
    I have, and its a nice shop, but not a huge rare section.
     
  4. StillFlying

    StillFlying Forum Resident

    Location:
    Oklahoma
    It's been several years since I visited, but Forever Young Records in Grand Prairie is pretty fabulous. I found stuff there that I considered "rare," but YMMV.
     
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  5. Romero

    Romero Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    cedar park texas
    wow, just looked at their website and their discogs account. amazing, looks like a huge shop and tons of collectables.
     
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  6. StillFlying

    StillFlying Forum Resident

    Location:
    Oklahoma
    Yes, it is rather large. You can spend hours in there. I've seen stuff there that I've never seen anywhere else. It's almost as much a museum as it is a record store.
     
  7. Romero

    Romero Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    cedar park texas
    their prices do seem a little big on the high end, but i guess you pay for the convenience of having all those great records in one place.
     
  8. StillFlying

    StillFlying Forum Resident

    Location:
    Oklahoma
    Yeah I remember some of their prices being crazy high. They are definitely proud of their stuff! But so much of it is sealed or like new. Tons of variants, multiple pressings from different countries, that sort of thing. I also remember it being VERY organized, which is not always the case at record stores. And they had glass cases of vintage memorabilia for sale. Beatles, KISS, Elvis, etc. Very cool stuff.
     
  9. n.phelge

    n.phelge Forum Resident

    Location:
    Dallas
    If you are looking for rarities and have deep pockets, Forever Young is the easiest option - stuff is priced so high, the turnover is slow (have any of the box sets displayed along the ceiling ever changed?) Every other store I've visited in Dallas, Austin, etc. are really the luck of timing - anything rare that is priced reasonably will be purchased and won't sit there long, and most stores have a discogs or ebay account as an outlet for rare items as well.
     
  10. Chee

    Chee Forum Resident

    Location:
    Denver
    Nanker is correct.....too many people walk in and grab the reasonable priced items which is rare in stores.Forever Young has the highest prices in the USA cept maybe Wax Trax Las Vegas.....every store does eBay/Discogs for the rare stuff.
     
  11. glide

    glide Forum Resident

    Location:
    NY, NY, USA
    Also pulled up their site for a look. Pricing is absurd. That’s one trip I would not take.
     
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  12. Chee

    Chee Forum Resident

    Location:
    Denver
    Just hit the Austin Record Show.
     
  13. Oscar Calero

    Oscar Calero Member

    Location:
    USA
    I was by Austin 20 years ago and I remember back then there a record store by the name MR cheapo it was great. I'm wondering if is there still
     
  14. Danby Delight

    Danby Delight Forum Resident

    Location:
    Boston
    I've just bookmarked the Forever Young Discogs account as a sleep aid for the next time I'm suffering from insomnia. Snoresville.
     
  15. Chee

    Chee Forum Resident

    Location:
    Denver
    You can get sleep aide or just get angry at most record store websites. I just get my laughs at many.
     
  16. Danby Delight

    Danby Delight Forum Resident

    Location:
    Boston
    Why on earth would I get angry at a record store website?

    I have never understood the constant whines and complaints of "Oh, this store just puts all the best stuff on Discogs!" So...go to their Discogs page if you want to buy that stuff?
     
  17. petercw2

    petercw2 Forum Resident

    Location:
    dallas, tx
    There's a store in Dallas, over by White Rock Lake, called "14 Records".
    It's owned by a local music scene personality, Bucks Burnett. He's got an impossibly tiny shop, stuffed with a curated collection of mostly rock, pop, alt records.

    Here's the deal - all of it is wildly overpriced, but pretty much anything you find in there is going to grade very well. Basically, his premise is he's done all the hard work for you - why go dig for a clean, VG+ copy of "Aja - AB1006" when he's got 2-3 copies? He's an interesting character but always willing to negotiate on prices.

    It might not be for you, he's got a $7,000 "holy grail" copy of LedZep2 RL/SS on the wall (price is partially a joke) and a bunch of other really rare pressings on display.
     
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  18. Daddy-O4

    Daddy-O4 Senior Member

    Location:
    United States
    I have been in 14 Records as well. That’s a good call out. The only thing I’d add to Peter’s excellent post is be aware of the store hours. They are odd and not necessarily consistent. As the owner Bucks himself will tell you : “the most consistent hours are Friday-Sunday, from 2pm-10pm.” Other than that, I’d call first.
     
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  19. Chee

    Chee Forum Resident

    Location:
    Denver
    Angry? Dopey prices. Show n Tell wall monsters. How come most stores are Discogs prices now? I dig record conventions Hoss, bigger the better, however; most have become lame compared to even 10 years ago.
     

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